`SECTION Gongorodes J J Smith 1914

TYPE: = !Bulbophyllum digitatum J. J. Sm 1914

Characterized by the intricately folded or incised petal tips that are a unique character otherwise they would fit within the section Leopardinae. They are epiphytes with a creeping rhizome giving rise to pseudobulbs carrying a single persistent leaf that blooms on a many flowered, racemose inflorescence carrying resupinate flowers and a pedicel that has the basal node level with the attachment of the floral bract. The sepals are free, the dorsal 3 to 7 veined, the laterals 1.6 to 1.9 times as long as the dorsal sepal, the petals are 1 to 3 veined with their apices widened or tridentate or sharply folded twice with erose margins. The undivided, mobile lip is on a thin ligament, the stigma of the column is not proximally protruding, the column foot and the lateral sepals are attached half way along their length so that a gap exists between the lower margins of the petals and the upper margins of the lateral sepals each having 2 teeth at the apex. The stelidas are shorter than 1/2 the length of the column and are triangular, subacute, with or without a slight tooth along the upper margin and 2 teeth on the lower. The anterior surface of the anther is concave and the anterior margin is drawn out or not. There are 4 pollina

There are 2 species in this section from montane forests up to 1500 meters in elevation in New Guinea

Entries below with an asterix are listed in publications by J J Vermeullen and so are more likely correct than ones without. Species with a question mark in front, seem to me to not conform and so please use with caution. If a sectional name has a "`" in front then it is a complete section with all the known species represented.


  1. !Bulbophyllum digitatum J.J.Sm. 1911 New Guinea

  2. Bulbophyllum scorpio J.J.Verm. 2008 Papua New Guinea

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129 195, 2008 Vermuellen; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014;